Sean Penn is a marvelous actor and his portrayal of Harvey Milk an engrossing disappearance into another human being. But his hard-left politics, and his support for disgusting dictatorships, is worth noting:
"That Sean Penn would be honored by anyone, let alone the gay community, for having stood by a dictator who put gays into concentration camps is mind-boggling."
Jamie Kirchick's evisceration of Penn's support for vicious homophobes like Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez can be read here. Cleve Jones' response can be read here. It's fair to point out the charity work that Penn does and that his daughter found Castro's homophobia repellent. But Cleve Jones, for some reason, fails to point out the quarantining of people with HIV in Cuba, which is a little odd coming from an HIV activist.